Author: Steven Ashmore, Commissioning Manager

Date published: November 2016

Date for review: October 2022

Description: Medical advice for parents thinking about circumcision for their son for religious reasons

Circumcision, like any other operation, is safest in a clinic or hospital setting - not at home. A suitably qualified and trained health professional should perform the procedure to modern standards of sterility and expertise.

The NHS does not fund male circumcision unless there is a medical reason. You will need to approach a private healthcare professional who will charge a fee. As with many decisions, it is good to get recommendations from friends and neighbours as well as talking to your doctor.

For more information please see our Medical advice for parents thinking about circumcision information leaflet.

Further information is also available on the NHS Choices